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O’NEILL VINTNERS & DISTILLERS ACQUIRES WELLNESS CATEGORY LEADER, FITVINE WINE

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, a B Corp certified company, has acquired FitVine Wine, the category leader in the wellness segment, positioned to appeal to consumers that want to live an active and balanced life.

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LARKSPUR, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, a B Corp certified company, has acquired FitVine Wine, the category leader in the wellness segment, positioned to appeal to consumers that want to live an active and balanced life. The acquisition of FitVine further extends O’Neill Vintners & Distillers portfolio of brands in the growing super-premium wine segment.

FitVine Joins O’Neill Vintners & Distillers Portfolio

“Our focus for the last seven years has been to build a portfolio of great brands appealing to the modern wine drinker,” said Jeff O’Neill, Founder and CEO, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers. “We see a tremendous opportunity to continue to strengthen and expand FitVine nationally driven by our commercial team, distributors and trade partners.”

FitVine Wine, is a collection of varietal wines with key attributes of low sugar, low tannins, and low sulfites. The brand is also known for its no-nonsense, transparent approach to how it communicates with consumers, a great fit with O’Neill’s portfolio focused on delivering what consumers need and want to know about the wines they drink.  FitVine was founded in 2015 by co-founders Tom Beaton and Mark Warren to disrupt perceptions of wine not fitting into active consumer lifestyles and is a leader in the birth of the wellness category, one of the fastest growing segments in the wine industry. 

One of the fastest growing wines in the US, FitVine is currently ranked in the top 100 brands in both the Liquor and Food channels according to Nielsen ending Oct. 8, 2022.  Additionally, Nielsen named FitVine as “The Best of the Best” Growth Brand award winner and its “Top 5 Growth Brand Parade” award winner. In April 2022, M. Shanken Communications named FitVine as a 2021 Impact “Hot Brand” award winner.

“The O’Neill portfolio is a natural fit and evolution for FitVine, where the brand will accelerate its expansion and recruit more passionate consumers throughout the country,” said Eric Bradley, Executive Vice President at BERKS Group, majority owner of FitVine. “We are incredibly proud of the wellness brand we have built in partnership with Tom and Mark and are confident FitVine wines will continue to deliver exceptional quality and transparency to consumers under the leadership of the talented team at O’Neill.” 

FitVine is a national sponsor of the Pro Pickleball Association, the fastest growing sport in America, reaching over 4.8 million pickleball players in the United States. “Picklers” span a wide age demographic, creating a fun, multi-generational, accessible sport.  FitVine also partners with fitness studios, cross fit events and other lifestyle sports where active consumers are finding community.

With the slogan ‘We crush grapes. You crush life,’ FitVine produces California varietal wines SRP $16 to $20 including: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Prosecco from Italy. Zepponi & Company served as the exclusive financial advisor to the majority owners of FitVine, LLC.

About O’Neill Vintners & Distillers

O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, a certified B Corporation, was founded in 2004 by industry leader and entrepreneur Jeff O’Neill. The vertically integrated winery is one of the fastest-growing premium wine and spirits companies in California (overall 10th largest winery in the U.S.) with a reputation for producing consumer-focused brands and being a leader in sustainable operations. O’Neill received the Green Medal Leader Award in 2021 by the Wine Institute and achieved B Corp Certification in 2022. The company’s national brands portfolio includes Line 39, Harken Chardonnay, Rabble Wines, Charles Woodson’s Intercept, Robert Hall Winery, Game Box, Allegro Cellars, BrandyLab, and Javelin Vodka. For more information, please visit www.ONeillWine.com.

About FitVine Wine

Established in 2015, FitVine Wine offers delicious, low sugar, full-alcohol wines for those who seek balance in life. FitVine is perfect for people who want their wine to fit seamlessly into their wellness-focused lifestyles, and to contain high-quality, no-nonsense ingredients. FitVine offers red, white, and sparkling varieties that pair perfectly with all of life’s best moments. FitVine wines are gluten-free and vegan friendly with no flavor additives. Learn more at FitVineWine.com.

About BERKS Group 

The BERKS Group is a diversified portfolio of companies with holdings in education technology, high-value precision manufacturing, technology infrastructure and better-for-you consumer brands. The Bradley family also owns the News-Press & Gazette Company which has media holdings in digital, broadcast television, radio and publishing. www.BERKSGroup.com 

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(Family Features) When it’s hot but you crave something sweet, turn to a delicious dessert that’s cool and creamy. French Style Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust offers the best of both worlds as a fresh, no-bake, refrigerated favorite you can top with chocolate, fruit or vanilla wafer crumbs. Find more summer dessert ideas at Culinary.net.

Creamy Cheesecake Recipes

French Style Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust

Recipe courtesy of “Cookin’ Savvy”
Total time: 25 minutes, plus 3 hours refrigeration
Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 2          cups vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1          stick butter, melted
  • 1/4       cup brown sugar

Whipped Cream:

  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 3          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla

Cheesecake:

  • 8          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar
  1. To make crust: Mix crushed vanilla wafers, melted butter and sugar; press into pie pan or individual pudding cups.
  2. To make whipped cream: In large bowl, using electric mixer, mix heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until thickened into whipped cream.
  3. To make cheesecake: Add softened cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar to whipped cream bowl. Using electric mixer, mix until smooth. Pour over vanilla wafer crust and chill 3 hours.


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Celebrate Summer with National Mojito Day!

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Every year on July 11th, cocktail enthusiasts and summer lovers across the U.S. come together to celebrate National Mojito Day. This refreshing cocktail, with its cool hits of mint and vibrant lime, is the perfect companion for a hot summer day.

Raise your glass this July 11th and celebrate #NationalMojitoDay! 🍹 Enjoy the refreshing mix of rum, mint, lime, and a touch of sweetness. Cheers to flavor!

The mojito, a classic Cuban concoction, has won hearts worldwide with its simple yet invigorating blend of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water, and fresh mint. Its origin stretches back to the days of pirates and the age-old quest for remedies to tropical diseases, with the mojito’s predecessor used for medicinal purposes. Today, it stands as a symbol of leisure and celebration.

How to Make the Perfect Mojito:

Ingredients:

  • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water

Instructions:

  1. Muddle the Mint and Lime: In a sturdy glass, add mint leaves and 1 lime wedge. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to crush them together, releasing the mint oils and lime juice. Repeat this process for the remaining lime wedges along with the sugar. Muddling releases the flavors which are the base of this cocktail.
  2. Assemble the Drink: Fill the glass almost to the top with ice cubes. Pour the white rum over the ice, and fill the glass with sparkling water. Stir well.
  3. Garnish and Serve: Stir the mix gently. Garnish with the sprig of mint.

Now that you know how to make a classic mojito, why not try your hand at making one this National Mojito Day? Gather your ingredients and join in the nationwide toast to the joy and refreshment brought by this beloved beverage!

Remember to sip responsibly and savor every refreshing note of your homemade mojito. Cheers to #NationalMojitoDay!

For more delicious recipes and cocktail facts, follow along and let every sip take you on a journey through the rich history of the mojito. Enjoy your celebration in style, surrounded by friends, sun, and good spirits.

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Tasty Recipes to Combat the Hustle and Bustle: Family-friendly meals ready in 30 minutes or less

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(Family Features) Jam-packed calendars and little spare time at home can make heads spin. When those hectic weeknights are giving your family fits, turn to delicious recipes you can have ready in 30 minutes or less.

Some Family Friendly Recipes

Start with kitchen staples like chicken and rice – they’re easy to prepare and versatile enough to let you cook a variety of meals without feeling like you’re stuck in a dinner rut. For example, these Air-Fryer Bang Bang Chicken Tenders with Rice offer a kid-friendly take on bang bang chicken that’s both sweet and spicy.

This air-fryer favorite requires just half an hour in the kitchen and calls on the quality and convenience of Success Boil-in-Bag Jasmine Rice to make busy weeknights a breeze. In just 10 minutes, the aromatic rice cooks up soft and fluffy with a uniquely delicious flavor that’s naturally gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified and free of MSG and preservatives.

For a real escape from the everyday hustle and bustle, invite island flavors to dinner with this simple yet satisfying Grilled Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice. Remember, high quality doesn’t have to be high maintenance.

Ready in 10 minutes, Success Boil-in-Bag Basmati Rice is a quick, easy and mess-free option that is guaranteed to always cook right. It’s an appetizing addition to this tropic-inspired meal that can help you tackle hectic schedules without sacrificing flavor.

Find more ways to solve dinnertime dilemmas at SuccessRice.com.

Air-Fryer Bang Bang Chicken Tenders with Rice

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup sriracha hot sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 bag Success Jasmine Rice
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • green onions, for garnish (optional)
  1. Toss chicken tenders with 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce and 1 tablespoon sriracha. Drizzle with sesame oil.
  2. Preheat air-fryer to 400 F. In two batches, without overfilling basket, air fry chicken tenders, turning basket halfway during cook time, 10-12 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through.
  3. Prepare rice according to package directions. Stir mayonnaise with remaining sweet chili sauce and sriracha until blended. In large bowl, toss coleslaw mix with 1/4 cup bang bang mayo sauce.
  4. Divide rice among four bowls. Top with chicken, coleslaw mix and cucumber. Drizzle with remaining bang bang mayo sauce.
  5. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and green onions, if desired.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken and Coconut Rice

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus 4 hours for marinating
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 1 bag Success Basmati Rice
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  1. In 1-gallon bag, combine chicken with soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic and onion. Marinate in refrigerator about 4 hours.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat.
  3. Prepare rice according to package directions, replacing 2 cups water with coconut milk.
  4. Once finished marinating, remove chicken and pat dry. Grill about 7 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  5. Pat pineapple rings dry and grill about 1 minute per side.
  6. Mix shredded coconut with rice. Place pineapples on top of chicken and serve with rice.


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